The reported facts of the case.
- George Brodigan was 82 years old and had Alzheimer's disease for several years. He died on September 14, 2010.
- Police said that the Amitriptyline found in George's body is an anti-depressant that was prescribed to his son. The remaining pills were found below George's body at the death scene.
- Police said that George had a blood alcohol level of 0.13. A half empty bottle of rum was at his bedside.
- The cause of death was listed as an overdose of Amitripyline and alcohol.
- At the death scene there were copies of George's "do not resuscitate" orders, his financial and personal papers, including an obituary and a copy of the "Final Exit" suicide handbook written by Derek Humphry.
- Police contend that Bruce actively participated in the planning and completion of the death of his father. Officer Lascari stated:
"It is unlikely that he possessed the ability or foresight to follow the step-by-step instructions of the book "Final Exit" and prepare and arrange the items that were found set up in his house on the date of his death."
- West Hartford Police Chief James Strillacci stated to the Hartford Courant newspaper:
"You've got a person who is a party here, who has an interest in the outcome, who is assisting the suicide. ... When we look at all the circumstances there and we have to wonder is this a guy helping his father or is he doing something for himself?"
If the facts are as reported, the son allegedly plied the father with alcohol and fed him a lethal dose of drugs to cause his death.
Elder abuse is a common and growing problem throughout North America.
Based on the need in society to provide a safe environment from elder abuse, justice must be done.